Ken Suf­fridge at­tends GMA con­ven­tion

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Aragon Mayor Ken Suf­fridge was among more than 2,000 of­fi­cials to at­tend the re­cent an­nual con­ven­tion of the Ge­or­gia Mu­nic­i­pal As­so­ci­a­tion (GMA) in Sa­van­nah.

The con­ven­tion in­cluded two days of train­ing, along with two days of pol­icy com­mit­tee meet­ings, the elec­tion of new of­fi­cers and nu­mer­ous ses­sions on topics af­fect­ing mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment.

The con­ven­tion gives city of­fi­cials the op­por­tu­nity to hear from state lead­ers and lo­cal govern­ment ex­perts on is­sues af­fect­ing cities. It also al­lows city lead­ers from around the state the chance to net­work with each other and learn about in­no­va­tive pro­grams. They also dis­cussed how new state and federal laws will af­fect cities.

“I al­ways try to at­tend as many ses­sions as I can, but one of the most valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences is talk­ing with other city of­fi­cials about things that so many of the city’s have in com­mon, re­gard­less of their size or lo­ca­tions” said Mayor Suf­fridge. “Be­ing with other city of­fi­cials from around the state gives one the op­por­tu­nity to learn about in­no­va­tive pro­grams cities have im­ple­mented. Ob­vi­ously no two cities are the same, but we get to learn from each other and ex­perts on mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment.”

City of­fi­cials are en­cour­aged to par­tici- pate in GMA ac­tiv­i­ties at the district level and get to know their district staff rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Lou Comer, the District 1 rep­re­sen­ta­tive worked for the Gwin­nett County Tax Com­mis­sioner when Mayor Suf­fridge was a Gwin­nett County Com­mis­sioner, 1984-1988.

Mayor Suf­fridge, who serves as District 1 Sec­ond Vice Pres­i­dent said, “It has been very ben­e­fi­cial for the City of Aragon to have ac­cess to all the re­sources avail­able through GMA. Hav­ing a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the District Rep­re­sen­ta­tive can save a lot of re­search time.” In each of the 12 districts, spring lis­ten­ing ses­sions pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive brief­ings on the re­cently com­pleted leg­isla­tive ses­sions and sug­gest is­sues and con­cerns that should be ad­dressed in GMA’s leg­isla­tive plat­form the fol­low­ing year.

Ken Suf­fridge

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